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New York, National Hosts React To Mets Giving Fans Thumbs Down

Several New York Mets players made headlines when it was announced they were giving thumbs downs to fans; the NY media reacts.

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Saying things aren’t going well for baseball fans in Queens lately is like saying a cockroach kind of messes up a bowl of ice cream. Falling from first place in the NL East to almost certainly not making the playoffs, the wheels fell off even further this week when infielder Javy Baez explained why he and others on the team, notably Francisco Lindor and Kevin Pillar, have been giving the ‘thumbs down’ symbol after big hits or plays — to troll the ever-booing Mets fans.

If there is one thing owner Steve Cohen does not want to see early on in his tenure, it’s an acrimonious relationship between star players and fans. Sure, it’s the Big Apple, so underperforming players are always going to draw the ire of the ticketed customer and social media “woulda-been big leaguers.” But players giving it right back to the fans, particularly during a monumental slide, can not sit well. The New York media, including Michael Kay, took to the airwaves to give their opinions on the matter.

“I just get the sense that it was Lindor that was really poking Baez,” said Kay. “Baez doesn’t even know the Mets fans. He’s been there 17 games. How would Baez be the guy who is going to give the dissertation on Mets fans? It had to come from Lindor, they’re best buddies.”

Craig Carton of Carton & Roberts on WFAN is never shy about his passion for the team across the way in the Bronx. He appeared to bask a little bit in the glow of the apparent meltdown for the Mets while his co-host Evan Roberts, a Mets die-hard, went off on the thumbs down gesture.

“We’ve got an out-of-touch owner, a disgruntled player who is at least honest, two other disgruntled players who aren’t honest, and we’ve got a general manager/president who is on his way out, it’s New York Mets baseball, baby!” said Carton. “Meanwhile, the Yankees lose two-in-a-row and who cares? The New York Mets are on fire!”

Chris Russo joined High Heat to give his usual dose of caffeinated rage to the players in question.

“I am completely down on the Mets,” said Russo. “Baez has been there for about a month and hits .207. In August, .207! And Lindor? Look yourself in the mirror, you’re making $40 million a year and you hit .225 with 36 RBI. Nobody cares about your defense. Look yourself in the mirror. You’ve been an embarrassment your first year.”

While the admonishments of the Mets players were aplenty locally, nationally, Dan Patrick gave a different view. He said while he understands boos for a lack of effort or apparent care by a player, when it comes to performance, he doesn’t see how it helps the fan’s beloved team do better, even if it is for a fanbase hurt as often as the Mets.

“Does booing your player or your team help?” Patrick asked. “Does it help the player and the team? Now, it might help you, because you’re angry and this is your team, and you want to win, and you’re tired of seeing this movie every single year. It ends the same way: hopes die.”

To sum it up, things are not looking up in Flushing Meadows.

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Craig Carton Making Responsible Gambling Content For FanDuel

“He will help shape the company’s responsible gaming policy, play a role in FanDuel building AI that can spot problematic gambling patterns, and host events in which he will help younger bettors understand what an addiction looks like.”

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FanDuel announced yesterday that it has hired its first ever “responsible gaming ambassador”. WFAN’s Craig Carton has agreed to take on the role. He has been open about his gambling addiction and advocated for those that believe they have a problem to seek help on air since returning to New York radio last year.

The content he creates for FanDuel will have a very specific focus. A press release says Carton will promote messages of “advocacy, prevention awareness and content development focused on the importance of wagering within limits”.

Craig Carton was sentenced to three years in prison for his role in a ponzi scheme to defraud investors of money they were told was being invested in tickets for resale. In reality, Carton was using the money to repay some of his gambling debts.

“My story and personal history with gambling has been well documented,” said Carton. “More than ever, I want to use my experience and platform to shine a meaningful spotlight on the issue of problem gambling. It was important to me that I find a real partnership with a company that shared my passion for this issue. It became clear FanDuel shared the same goals and was comfortable working transparently with me for the sole purpose of protecting people.”

FanDuel is planning to utilize Carton in a number of ways. He will help shape the company’s responsible gaming policy, play a role in FanDuel building AI that can spot problematic gambling patterns, and host events in which he will help younger bettors understand what an addiction looks like.

He will also create audio and video for FanDuel’s Play Safe Campaign. FanDuel will help Carton’s WFAN program “Hello, My Name is Craig” find a bigger audience. The show airs on weekends and features Carton discussing his addiction and offering advice to others seeking help.

“We are absolutely thrilled to partner with Craig to place even more emphasis on responsible gaming behaviors,” said Mike Raffensperger, FanDuel Group’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Everyone at FanDuel understands the importance of protecting our customers who are also our family, friends, neighbors and community members. Craig’s powerful personal story will help fuel our mission of making sure no bet placed results in hurting a loved one.”

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Marc Malusis: Stephen A Smith Spouting ‘Complete & Utter BS’

“Listen, I get he’s on ESPN and we’re doing out thing here, but it’s affecting a team we cover on a day-in-day-out basis with the Brooklyn Nets with Kyrie Irving, who is a very polarizing figure in this city.”

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WFAN’s Marc Malusis wants Stephen A. Smith to acknowledge that he either has inside information regarding the Nets or that he completely made up a trade rumor on First Take earlier this week. Smith said on First Take that the Brooklyn Nets would trade Kyrie Irving to Philadelphia if it meant they got Ben Simmons back in return, but the idea has been nixed by Kevin Durant.

Stephen A. Smith accused some in the media of lying about his report. He tried to claim that he what said on First Take was that the Irving for Simmons deal is a trade the Nets could do. That was enough to sett Malusis off.

“This is just complete and utter BS,” he shouted. “I mean, get the boots on!”

Marc Malusis claims that the idea of an Irving for Simmons trade isn’t totally absurd. Having James Harden on the roster would allow Brooklyn to bring in someone that does everything well but shoot. Still, he says Smith framed his stance as something he knows happened and Malusis is adamant it didn’t.

He was even more upset that Smith would say people in the New York media “lied” about what Smith had said. Marc Malusis pointed out that when you are the local media, you have to dive into a rumor like that. It doesn’t just get to be something that was said on ESPN.

“Listen, I get he’s on ESPN and we’re doing out thing here, but it’s affecting a team we cover on a day-in-day-out basis with the Brooklyn Nets with Kyrie Irving, who is a very polarizing figure in this city.”

It sounds like Malusis’s greatest objection is to Smith’s indignation at the idea that someone took his trade rumor seriously.

“Don’t all the sudden start waking back and saying ‘everyone’s spewing lies about what I had to say yesterday’ because you know what? We had to weed through the BS of what you said yesterday.”

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104.5 ESPN’s Matt Moscona Sets Up $100K Donation to Local High School

”It’s been tough on these kids, and this will definitely help us.”

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Guaranty Media and 104.5 ESPN in Baton Rouge recently invited a local Athletic Director from South Lafourche High School Brian Callais to come and promote an upcoming fundraising event host by Central High School on After Further Review with Matt Moscona.

During the phone interview, Callais informed listeners of the impact that Ida had on their school, including major damages to the high school that there are no funds to repair. Additionally, the school’s sports teams will be forced to travel for every game this season as their facilities are not fit to host other schools.

Little did Callais know, Matt Moscona had invited the founder of a Baton-Rouge-based cryptocurrency business called Game Coin to join him in the 104.5 ESPN studio to surprise Callias with a donation of $100,000 dollars to the school.

“This will go a long way,” said Callais after learning of Game Coin’s donation to his program. “Our [senior] student-athletes have not had a normal high school year since their freshman year…Their sophomore year, they were hit with the pandemic, and we’re looking forward to a regular senior year for them. It’s been tough on these kids, and this will definitely help us.”

Gamecoin is one of the few cryptocurrencies that is not totally for profit, as 4% of their 10% transaction fee goes to charitable donations to help youth sports groups.

“Growing up, I didn’t have everything that I thought I should have,” said founder of Game Coin David Mahler on Moscona’s radio program. “I just always wanted to be able to provide for people…and since I’m able to do that now, I added that as a part of Game Coin.”

Mahler also said in the interview that three more similar donations are already arranged and they will be announced within the next two weeks.

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